Total loan: $1,150

Rosa Elena

Guayaquil (Fortin), Guayas, Ecuador / Services

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A loan helped Buy tints, cosmetics, and a display case.

Rosa Elena's story

Rosa, age 38, lives in an urban area called Fortín on the outskirts of Guayaquil. She is a single mother, and she as a 15 year old daughter. When Rosa was 17 she studied fashion at “OSCU” (center for learning handicrafts). She learned all types of hair styles and ways to cut hair. Due to the lack of opportunities, she had to do what she had learned without finishing her studies. She had to be able to support her household. Little by little she bought display cases and redid her living room in her house. She made it the location of her beauty salon. She now works from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. everyday. She does dye jobs, manicures, pedicures, hair cuts, and straightening, etc. She will use the loan to buy tints, cosmetics, and display cases for her business. In the future she wants to study to have a beauty certificate.

Translated from Spanish by Ginny Kalish, Kiva Volunteer